Beowulf Composition Revision 1

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Heaton 1 Mitchell T. Heaton Mr. Rebenstorf English II-4 1 October 2009 Beowulf Composition From Warrior to Warlord Old English texts manifest various themes and motifs. Each text contains a different moral and a unique tale to go along with it. In many of these tales, kings and thanes are the modem through which the authors convey their messages. A particular theme from Beowulf directly involves the functions and deeds of kings and warriors alike. The text emphasizes the difference between a good warrior and a good king, a metamorphosis Beowulf himself makes throughout the work. At the commencement of the epic, Beowulf is focused on personal glory while King Hrothgar suffers with his people. The Lord of the Danes is at a loss for ways to protect his people from “the shadow-stalker” that torments them; King Hrothgar’s greatest concern is for his people. Beowulf, alternatively, is looking to conquer a monster and publically prove himself as true warrior and hero. When Beowulf himself is king, his concern is for his people and how he
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